San Diego’s attempt to build a baseball stadium Downtown continues to be mired in a swamp of litigation. In recent weeks, foes of the redevelopment project have filed three more lawsuits aimed at stopping construction of the ballpark, bringing the total number of filings to 11.
We can’t help but wonder when this nonsense will end.
We won’t argue the merits of this menagerie of suits , there simply aren’t any to argue , but we would like to know when the instigators of this tort abuse will finally grow tired of their game. We have.
Certainly the scandal over former Councilwoman Valerie Stallings’ business dealings with Padres owner John Moores cast a shadow over the East Village Redevelopment Project. Nevertheless, the project remains an important attempt to upgrade a decaying neighborhood , one whose visual blight sits within easy view of the Convention Center and surrounding hotels.
The lawsuits filed by the likes of Richard Rider, Bruce Henderson and a host of other political-wannabes have only served to worsen the blight. Because of their actions, the abandoned ballpark construction site sits like an open wound under the gaze of visitors to our city.
Whatever problems there may be with the approval of the ballpark project, it does no good to leave the site looking like the aftermath of an atomic blast. It only makes sense to let a project this far along continue to completion so it can become a profit center to both local businesses and city coffers.
If Rider, Henderson and the others truly have the city’s interests at heart, they should drop their meaningless court challenges and turn their attention to changing local and state laws so in the future problems like those that arose with the ballpark’s funding never rise again.
But that kind of civic action rarely results in headlines, and that’s what truly spurs these lawsuits , the heady promise of headlines and political ambitions.